Definition of monoculture in English:

monoculture

noun

  • [mass noun] The cultivation of a single crop in a given area.

    ‘the replacement of natural forest with pine monoculture’
    • ‘After a while, heather monoculture is broken by an intake field and our path leads to a shallow valley that is a mosaic of ground-cover greens and is curlew country.’
    • ‘Brazilian agriculture has been going through a rapid process of modernization in recent years, with the expansion of intensive monoculture.’
    • ‘Reports from the West Indies during the second half of the century indicate the steady advance of sugar cultivation, although sugar monoculture was certainly not the case in these islands.’
    • ‘This huge monoculture is covering most of the middle West and a lot of the rest of the country like a second great American lawn.’
    • ‘The fields flourished but with such vast areas of monoculture, farmers had to use massive amounts of chemical pesticides.’
    • ‘Heirloom plants can also help buck the trend of monoculture, in which one variety is grown in vast fields.’
    • ‘Comparisons between individual P. lanceolata or B. napus plants in monoculture and interspecific competition were made.’
    • ‘These species are under an unusual selection regime in that their hosts are often isogenic and planted in monoculture.’
    • ‘Populations fluctuated with the extent of monoculture, choice of cultivars, and extent of parasites.’
    • ‘They rotate their crops, thereby helping the soil to recover from centuries of monoculture under sugarcane.’
    • ‘Soil degradation due to sugar-cane monoculture and pesticides are the most serious problems.’
    • ‘In conventional farming, a single variety of crop plant is grown by itself in large tracts - a method known as monoculture.’
    • ‘When the native species is suppressed, the area becomes a monoculture of purple loosestrife.’
    • ‘The surroundings are of heather, not some extreme monoculture, but a pattern with grasses and bilberry.’
    • ‘S. alterniflora is common along the east coast of North America, forming vast expanses of near monoculture in the south-eastern USA.’
    • ‘Detailed records demonstrate the extent of buffel invasion producing a ground cover monoculture in richer soil areas.’
    • ‘Today's trends in agriculture continue to be driven by monoculture and profit driven cropping.’
    • ‘B. madritensis also respired significantly less in monoculture than in mixed culture, but the difference was apparent immediately after labelling.’
    • ‘The necessity for crop protection emerged with agriculture not because of any practice of monoculture but because crops were now being grown in areas outside where they originated.’
    • ‘Wine prices collapsed and in Languedoc, which had gone over to wine monoculture, there was a massive peasant revolt in the summer of 1907.’

Pronunciation:

monoculture

/ˈmɒnə(ʊ)kʌltʃə/